Viven Imperial IPA - Brouwerij Van Viven
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3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
A - Pours a dark orange color with tints of red, cloudy, and a very nicely formed two finger head that's an off white/tan color.
S - The aroma is a little weak, bready caramel malt, oranges with a little tang, and slight alcohol. Everything blends together nicely but wish it were stronger in aroma.
T - No surprises here, bready Belgian yeast underneath a tangy orange citrus layer mixed in with some peppery spice, the finish starts semi-dry and builds into a nearly "bone dry finish" with nice citrus and pine bite that settles on the tongue and sticks around for several minutes afterwards.
M - Medium body with gentle bubbles. The acidic part of the orange is tart enough to make the mouth water under the tongue and at the back while the front is super dry. The citrus orange aftertaste is really nice.
O - A nice interpretation from a Belgian brewer. My very first sip was smacked with bitterness on the tail end but once I got 1/4 through everything adjusted to give it some balance. Enjoyable and a nice find, happened to see it on the shelf at my local bottle shop and anything labeled "Imperial IPA" will always catch my attention.
05-31-2012 21:36:34 | More by jzeilinger
United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. Acquired from a Belgian webshop quite a while ago.
Poured into a Duvel tulip. Plenty of yeast sediment in the bottle. A hazy coppery-amber hue with medium carbonation. Produces a large head of orange-white foam with a creamy texture; it remains for a few minutes before subsiding to a frothy surface layer. Aroma of spicy hops with notes of citrus and subtle pine, underpinned by sweet grainy malt and fruity Belgian yeast. Hints of banana and a whiff of alcohol in the background.
Tastes of sharp, tangy hops with a fruity yeast character and a restrained bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, mild pine, caramel malt, banana and fruity yeast esters. An astringent hint of solvent/alcohol in the background, followed by a piny bitterness and a faint sour quality. Quite dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and spicy, with decent body. A tad undercarbonated. Pretty astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of spicy hops, caramel malt, fruity yeast and bitter pine.
Quality - probably the best Belgian IPA I've tried so far. Plenty of aromatic hops and a nice bitter finish, while the fruity yeast stays in the background. The malt is understated but pleasant. The biggest issue I've had with other Belgian IPAs is that the yeast and hop notes seem to clash badly. Great - well worth trying if you come across it.
04-21-2012 22:33:08 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
33 cl bottel poured in my bruery glass
Pours amber with a big offwhite creamy head. Aroma is fruity - peach and apple - with hops and som viniousity and som caramel. Flavour is very dry - pine - at first then fruity - again peach and apple - there is a hint of caramel sweetness and viniousity piney hops again in the end. NIce soft mouthfeel and overall a great beer.
Very nice !
11-05-2011 18:33:06 | More by beerpirates
4.13/5 rDev +3%
Birthday gift from @LaitueGonflable, purchased at Warners on the Bay.
Pours a really gorgeous, red-hued, deep orange colour, with a huge and frothy head of very pale yellow, almost as though it's flecked with orange. Lacing is patchy, but solid. Carbonation and body are fine. Looks great.
Nose is wonderfully hoppy, with classic citrus and fruit notes from American hop varieties. Crisp, fragrant rubbed orange skin, crushed greenery, and a bit of pepper spice. Just lovely, very strong, very classic.
Taste is clean and bitter, with a slickness to the palate, but not a huge amount of body. Good fresh juicy hop bitterness persists throughout the palate, leaving a clean and refreshing bite. Just enough malt to balance... almost. The hops do dominate a little too much, but I'd rather it err that way in an IPA.
Great American style from a Belgian brewer. I'm tempted to say this is more of a single than a double IPA, but it's still a cracking American example. This is no hopped-up Tripel, or Belgian-American hybrid. This is the Belgians telling America not to forget who were the brewing masters for centuries.
"Anything you can do, we can do too."
08-10-2011 06:33:12 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours dark gold/amber, very little light gets through, inch of golden head, very pretty beer
Smell is piney hops, not overpowering
More pine on the taste, some citrus, its pretty thick, syrupy, smooth. Its hoppy, but not crushingly so, pretty balanced.
Best ipa from Belgium that I have tried so far.
08-04-2011 05:37:55 | More by lanbewardin
3.78/5 rDev -5.7%
Pours hazy orange/amber with a large, creamy head.
Nose shows lots of resinous, piney hops, citrus, orange blossom, grapefruit and some peach. Underneath is a fair whack of caramel and clean malt.
Lots more resinous pine upon tasting, though the fruit doesn't transfer through quite as well. Next comes a load of sweet clean malt before the hops return for a big, piney bitterness. Does have a medicinal/astringent herbal character to it, reminds me of the bittersweet character found in cough-syrup.
Nice syrupy body, carbonation could be higher.
07-25-2011 08:34:20 | More by CrazyDavros
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours a burnt copper hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves a three finger head and heaps of lacing,the smell is piney hops,stonefruit,wet grass,liquorice and boiled candy,it has a light-medium bodied mouthfeel and has tastes of liquorice,passionfruit,fresh ripe oranges,nectarines and finishes with a piney hoppy bitterness and overall an alright drop but at the price i could think of better examples cheers.
06-18-2011 08:29:33 | More by ADZA
3.58/5 rDev -10.7%
A - Burnt copper colored beer with a bit of a foam head that dissipated to a little bit of lace and stick on the sides.
S - Some citrus and fruity hops as well as some earth and pine notes. A little bit of caramel backbone with some barnyard funk and yeast.
T - Burnt sugar and caramel malts, some ethery yeast, spice and herbal/earthy hops. Not my favorite style, but this isn't bad at all.
M - Medium bodied, dry finish, moderate carbonation.
O - A pretty nice beer, enjoyed drinking it. Tastes more like a Belgian DIPA though. If nothing else, it's a pretty Belgian take on a DIPA.
06-05-2011 23:19:11 | More by AgentZero
2.93/5 rDev -26.9%
Bottle from ABS Drinks outside Brussels. From notes. Split with a friend.
A - Dark copper with no visible carbonation. Slightly hazy with a thin cap of beige head.
S - Citrus and grapefruit with a tingly note or pineapple.
T - Citrus and bread. Pineapple is obvious.
M - Medium carbonation with a full body and not overly bitter.
O/D - Underwhelming. Not a hop bomb at all. Not overly hoppy but not bad. Not what I expected and just not all that great.
05-24-2011 00:02:13 | More by tbeckett
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
Bottle courtesy of Ethan. Best before October 14th, 2012. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip glass.
A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin ring of bubbles, wisps on top, and spotty lace. Hazy blood orange body.
S - Intense lemon, pine, and herbal hops - very European aroma here. I wonder if these Tomohawk and Simcoe hops were grown in Europe, as they don't seem to impart a flavor similar to similar beers in the US. Not much malt character, with only some light sugar cookie.
T - Taste is a mix of candied citrus and burnt sugar malt. Some peppery yeast, herbal notes, and light alcohol.
M - Pleasant carbonation zest, medium body, and a dry resinous finish with plenty of residual hop oils.
D - This is one of the better Belgian attempts at making an IPA/DIPA. I can see it being a nice local option if one is getting fatigued with traditional Belgians. However, it seems miscast as an "American" DIPA, as there's still something distinctly European about it. Call it a Belgian IPA and I can imagine it'd be a top tier example of the style.
05-15-2011 21:25:22 | More by MasterSki
4.5/5 rDev +12.2%
Bottle purchased at the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival bottle shop.
Body is a light amber. Poured to a half inch head, has good head retention and leaves lots of lacing.
Smells of light malts, and fruity, floral hops. Very aromatic. I am enjoying the smell of sweet malt and green floral hops. Has a very nice expression of wet hay. There is also some banana/tropical fruit from the belgian yeast.
Tastes of sweet malt, candi sugar, and aromatic hops. Nicely mellow with the hops, but more than one would expect from a belgian IPA.
Body is medium and the carbonation is enough to give this a delicious, creamy mouthfeel.
This beer is a very good Belgian IPA.
04-24-2011 04:12:34 | More by Beerenauslese
4/5 rDev -0.2%
Enjoyed on 3/11/11 in a Pint glass. Pours dark orange color, clear body foggy due color deepness. Foam is dense & extended, nice lacing. Intense hoppy, mildy caramel, roasted malts aromas. High hoppy level flavor, dry & sharp. Very refreshing & well balanced.
04-06-2011 02:53:26 | More by GONZALOYANNA
4.53/5 rDev +13%
Here in Belgium the only IPA locals are familiar with is a Poperings Hommel Bier.
A good beer but I tend to drink one every couple of months, not really that special. Then you have a less known, but better Belgian Ipa (IMHO), the Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel. A combination of Ipa and Tripel, and well done!
And then you have the Viven IPA imperial...
Only a couple of reviews here, but they are rather unanimous... so I had to try this one, even more when you know half of my family were living in Vivenkapelle, the inspiration for the name...
Stats: 8% ABV, 33cl bottle, tomahawk + simcoe hop.
The minute I poured the beer my nose was overwhelmed. There were floral notes, caramel, citrus, very hoppy, just an extremely appealing and attractive smell... you know when you have the choice of holding your beer in your hand the whole time, or just put it back on the table when you're not drinking? This one is a holder!!
And not only the smell was great. First sips, citrus hits you in the toes, very hoppy, and a lovely grassy taste, reminded me of excellent cohiba robustos or great fuente cigars... Very well done!!!
Mounthfeel... hmmm, that's the only thing that could put me off of this beer. A bit dry, and I'm not a big fan of dry drinks... But then again, it wasn't that dry, I could handle it.
Overall, superb drink, an absolute showstopper! You could only tell the 8 % ABV after I finished the beer... wouldn't drink 4-5 in a row... or maybe I would, but it wouldn't be the best day-after in my life
I already went out today to go buy me some more but the shop in Sijsele was closed... they'll see me back this week for sure.
10-04-2010 13:38:28 | More by yapi
4.6/5 rDev +14.7%
This is as good an IPA as I've drunk and certainly as good as other Belgian beers that are brewed in an IPA style. Interestingly, it is a Belgian beer that actually uses the name IPA (traditionally Belgian brewers have avoided hat-tips to anglo-saxon beer culture).
Pours a deep amber into my Brasserie de la Senne tulip with a creamy two fingered head that laces nicely.
So good on the nose I almost wanted to inhale the whole beer. Added to the typical earthy, herby IPA smells is a deep caramel - yum.
On the palate it opens up with the fruity citrusiness of the amarillo hops coming through - not just limes but also orange peel. It also has a nice herby, earthy hoppiness that you would expect from an IPA. The caramel from the nose doesn't seem to follow through though.
It has a nice, balanced effervescence and is (as other reviewers have said) dangerously drinkable at 8%.
Well done Viven. I can't wait to try the porter, which is supposed to be excellent. The blonde is also very good.
09-26-2010 10:52:00 | More by richmof
4.65/5 rDev +16%
Had a bottle of this while in london in September of 2010 at a restaurant.
It's basically a Belgian (yep) clone of an American west coast double IPA. Boy howdy did they get it right. Amazing hop bouquet. Strong, full citrus flavor. Smelling it was as fun as tasting it.
Very well balanced. It's pretty weighty, at 8%, but it wasn't cloyingly sweet or thick. Whoever's responsible for this, congrats.
09-12-2010 09:07:42 | More by charlieos
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
330ml bottle bought from Beermerchants.com
Poured a dark orange colour with a slight haze... White head poured big, thick and foamy and faded slowly to good thick layer... lots of sticky clingy lacing...
Aroma - Tart fruits to the fore (lemons, limes, grapefruits, sour apples) followed by piney hops, light honey sweetness, nice toastiness, grassy notes, earthy, light biscuit malts, some traces of basil and light coriander, the faintest hint of Belgian yeastiness, some floral traces...
Taste - Strong grapefruit and pine hop bitterness, lots of citrus notes, hint of orange and some apricot, quite grassy, faint sugary sweetness, peppery, quite herbal and earthy, fairly floral, alcohol just coming through at the end..
Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Light body. Very refreshing and drinkable - dangerously so at 8.0%..
Overall - An excellent Belgian take on the DIPA !! Highly recommended !!
06-24-2010 12:57:48 | More by mdagnew
Viven Imperial IPA from Brouwerij Van Viven
89 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.